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GUEST,Songster Bob BS: new instruments (14) RE: BS: new instruments 07 Sep 01

New instruments? I haven't had a "new" instrument in years. Even my custom-made Running Dog jumbo concert guitar wasn't new when I got it. It was made in 1997, and I bought it in 2000 (it was the maker's demo model, and last I saw him, he hadn't made another).

I get lots of "new to me" instruments, though. Mostly guitars of late, both coming and going. I just sold two on Ebay and bought one, which hasn't arrived yet. As for the smell of 'em, all I worry about is mildew, 'cause some guitars reek of it, if they're old enough and were stored improperly. Had one once I couldn't stand to use, so I had to sell it. Should have de-molded it, but didn't know how in those days.

I have something like 23 guitars, 5 banjos, a guitar-banjo, 2 mandolins, a banjo-mandolin, a tenor banjo, a fiddle, a dulcimer, and an autoharp. I think that covers the stringed instruments. There are harmonicas, jew's harps, and a toy-sized squeezebox.

None of 'em are new, and few (other than the harmonicas, of course) were new when I got 'em.

Maybe I'll buy a new something someday, but I'm not in the habit of looking for new.

Bob Clayton

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